US-born, Norwegian-Mexican artist Carmen Villain will release her new album, “Both Lines Will Be Blue,” on July 12 via Smalltown Supersound. An instrumental collection of songs, it finds Villain working with flutist Johanna Scheie Orellana, whose work is an integral part of the record, and Prins Thomas who provides percussion on one track.
"I’ve been playing around with instrumentals for a long time, and it was something I wanted to do more with after I finished ‘Infinite Avenue,’” says Villain. “Leaving out my voice and lyrics got me out of my own head a bit, which I needed. Working with sound is to me the ultimate meditation and is a more unconscious way of expressing whatever is going on inside.”
She just shared a new single called “Type,” and it is accompanied by subtle color gradient visuals from Norwegian artist Solveig Lønseth. Filled with birdsong, distant bells, lilting flute melodies and downtempo percussive echoes, the song is hypnotic and effortlessly draws you into it irresistible and persuasive depths.
“I was very inspired by Ana Mendieta's art (still am!), and was especially moved by her video performance art at the time,” Villain explains. “For example her “Silueta” series, or her powerful “Blood Sign/Body Tracks.” The films were spinning around my mind while making this song. After putting down a rough version of it, I had Johanna to come in and gave her free rein to improvise on top, before I finished arranging it.”